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Serabu

Project start | 2010

   

Free missions | 207

Serabu

A survey of the project in Serabu

Dates and Facts

Project begin: 2010

Number of doctors at present: 5

Missions: 38 voluntary missions were performed in 2017. The German Doctors performed a total of 207 voluntary missions from 2010 to the end of 2017. 

Patient contacts: 15,000 treatments are performed annually in Serabu.

Partner: The German Doctors cooperate with the Bo diocese.

Structure: German specialists from the fields of surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, and public health work together daily.

Mission site: the Serabu Community Hospital in the district of Bumpeh Ngao. In addition, local coworkers drive to surrounding villages to perform health education and training in hygiene.

Most common health problems: malaria, undernourishment, and diarrhea.

Priority: German medical specialists treat patients in the Serabu Community Hospital and train native medical personnel. Clinical health officers from Sierra Leone are trained in our hospital to later be able to work independently. Our most important task is to lower mother and child mortality. Our medical priorities are obstetrics, infections, surgical emergencies, and , increasingly, chronic internal diseases.

A survey of the project in Serabu

Medically neglected country

We have supported a hospital in Sierra Leone since 2010. The Serabu Community Hospital is located in a rural area and is the only medical facility available for 50,000 people. German medical specialists treat patients there and train skilled native medical personnel. Sierra Leone’s clinical health workers are trained in our hospital to later be able to provide medical care independently. Our most important task is to lower the mother and child mortality. Our medical priorities are obstetrics, infections, surgical emergencies, and , increasingly, chronic internal diseases.

The Serabu Community hospital consists of an emergency ward, an outpatient clinic, and inpatient wards, which are divided into wards for women, men, children, and a postnatal ward with a total of 143 beds. The hospital also has a delivery room and an operating room. The pediatric ward is the largest area. There is also an outpatient clinic for patients with HIV and tuberculosis and an outpatient area for children under 5 years. We support a feeding program for children. Native coworkers drive to surrounding villages to provide health education and training in hygiene.

 

A survey of the project in Serabu

Obstetrics and pediatrics

Too many women still die during or after delivery in Sierra Leone. Therefore, the German Doctors offer antenatal care and safe deliveries by experienced midwives in the hospital’s delivery room. A German surgeon is also always present who can perform a lifesaving emergency caesarian section. We have installed a separate area for premature and sick babies within our pediatric ward since these patients require especially intensive care. The mortality rate among children is also extremely high. 120 of 1000 children do not reach their fifth birthday. That is why care of women and children is a priority for us.

Treatment of children under 5 in the outpatient clinic, in inpatient care, and also the provision of medication is completely free. Thanks to the good work performed by the German Doctors and the hospital team, trust in the hospital among the rural population has risen. Our goal is to convince people to bring sick children quickly to the German Doctors. This is the only way we can save lives endangered by severe diseases like malaria.

 

A survey of the project in Serabu

From anesthesia to surgery

The local personnel in the Serabu Community Hospital are highly motivated, but they lack above all specialist knowledge. This led to the idea to further train community health officers, who already have general medical training, so that we will be able to turn specialist areas, like anesthesia, obstetrics and surgery, completely over to the local staff in a few years.

In 2013 we began to train nurses to become anesthetic nurses and community health officers to become anesthesia assistants based on the state training program. Our German Doctors also train personnel in the specialties surgery and obstetrics. The results have been impressive; hundreds of live-saving operations have been performed by community health officers trained and supervised by our specialists.

“With my training by the German Doctors I can do something for my country!”

Peter Mboma is one of many of our stars. He is a community health officer in surgical training and speaks about his experiences, “’Sierra Leone is a devastated country. I grew up in poverty, misery, and illness, and the war only made things worse. Many fled, and among those who remained, many are traumatized and have lost everything. It is an unbearable thought that the people in my home country have been forgotten by the rest of the world and have hardly the barest necessities to keep alive. There is no social welfare here and no health insurance. People look through the garbage dumps for something to eat. Children die of undernourishment, and many women do not survive the births of their children. I want to do something so that my compatriots have better lives, and I want to help my country to solve problems independently. I will be able to because the German Doctors are here. I was really fortunate to be able to complete training as a Community Health Officer, and now I have the chance to continue my training with the German Doctors. I just began surgical training, and I want to become just as good as the German doctors. I dream of being able to operate on my own someday.”

A survey of the project in Serabu

Sierra Leone was just beginning to show economic progress when the Ebola epidemic set the country back massively. This West African country lacks trained medical personnel, health centers, and also well-equipped hospitals. This is why Ebola was able to spread so widely. About 4,000 people died of this disease in Sierra Leone. Many of our citizens also died of other diseases during the epidemic because they did not go to the hospitals or health centers for fear of contracting Ebola or they were closed.

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world although it is rich in resources. There are huge deficits in the infrastructure. Child mortality is one of the highest in the world. Many too many mothers do not survive childbirth. The overall health situation of the population is horrible; 54% of child deaths are due to undernourishment. The Serabu Community Hospital is the only medical facility for the approximately 50,000 people who live in the Bumpeh Ngao district.

Serabu

Every donation helps!

150 Euros covers the cost of 2 life-saving operations. 250 Euros saves the life of a child in Serabu and enables 3 medically indicated caesarian sections to be performed. 30 Euros provides life-saving treatment for an advanced case of malaria. 360 Euros allows inpatient treatment for 12 severely-ill patients with malaria. 500 Euros combats the high child mortality and enables 100 deliveries to be performed in the safe hospital environment. 75 Euros covers the average cost of an operation in our hospital in Serabu. 10 Euros provide 2 safe deliveries in our hospital in Serabu. 100 Euros makes it possible to perform 100 treatments for early-stage malaria in our outpatient department in Serabu.

150 Euros covers the cost of 2 life-saving operations.

250 Euros saves the life of a child in Serabu and enables 3 medically indicated caesarian sections to be performed.

30 Euros provides life-saving treatment for an advanced case of malaria.

360 Euros allows inpatient treatment for 12 severely-ill patients with malaria.

500 Euros combats the high child mortality and enables 100 deliveries to be performed in the safe hospital environment.

75 Euros covers the average cost of an operation in our hospital in Serabu.

10 Euros provide 2 safe deliveries in our hospital in Serabu.

100 Euros makes it possible to perform 100 treatments for early-stage malaria in our outpatient department in Serabu.

German Doctors help worldwide

We believe in the right of every human being to get medical care no matter their origin. Therefore our volunteer German Doctors offer medical treatments in developing countries for the poorest of the poor. Whether people infected with HIV, undernourished children deficiency syndromes or people with chronic diseases, we help everyone who needs help.

Our doctors work during their annual leave or retirement for a period of six weeks and waive any compensation. More than 7000 missions with more than 3200 doctors were completed since 1983.